• TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR: New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Slate • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Boston Globe, NPR, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Economist, Bustle • WINNER OF THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE • FINALIST FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE, THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE, THE ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST PRIZE "Enthralling" --Boston Globe "Extraordinary" --Seattle Times "A rip-roaring tale" --Washington Post A dazzling adventure story about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world. George Washington Black, or "Wash," an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning--and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?
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An invaluable tool for everyone who deals with the media in the nation's capital, The Washington Black Book provides the most comprehensive, practically organized information on Washington journalists and press officers available today. Edited and annotated by Washington media specialist Marina Newmyer Ein, here is the inside track into who directs, reports and comments in Washington for the newspapers, magazines, wire services, broadcast outlets and foreign news bureaus. More than just a journalistic "who's who," The Washington Black Book delves into how bureaus work from top to bottom: who owns the publications, how the bureaus interpret their mandate, and the specialized "beats" of their reporters. This vital "tool of the trade" also offers exclusive pointers on how to place stories with specific publicationsowhom to query about story ideas and to whom to address press releases. The new updated 1990 Washington Black Book features an exclusive section on telephone direct dials to White House press "booths" for all major prints and electronic bureaus. A complete guide to Congressional press officials is included, as well as FAX numbers for all major media with bureaus in Washington. A Madison Book."
Interprets the life of Booker T. Washington, exploring his rise from slavery to become an influential educator and African American leader.
The critically-acclaimed novel Washington Black is hailed as one of the best books of the year by major publications. Esi Edugyan's novel is about George Washington Black, or "Wash." He is an eleven-year-old field slave who served on a sugar plantation in Barbados. He is terrified when he was chosen by his master's brother to be his manservant. To his big surprise, the man was the eccentric Christopher Wilde. He turned out to be an explorer, a naturalist, an inventor, and an abolitionist. Soon, young Wash was initiated into the world of many possibilities. A flying machine can carry a full-grown man across the sky. And even a slave boy who was born in chains can embrace a life of meaning and dignity. This is a world where two people can begin to see each other as humans even when they are separated by an impossible divide. However, when a man was killed, the bounty was placed on Wash's head. He and Christopher must abandon everything. What brought the two men together will also tear them apart from each other. Esi Edugyan's novel Washington Black is a story about love, friendship, redemption, self-invention, betrayal, and freedom. In this comprehensive look into Washington Black: A Novel by Esi Edugyan, you'll gain insight with this essential resource as a guide to aid your discussions. Be prepared to lead with the following: More than 60 "done-for-you" discussion prompts available Discussion aid which includes a wealth of information and prompts Overall brief plot synopsis and author biography as refreshers Thought-provoking questions made for deeper examinations Creative exercises to foster alternate "if this was you" discussions And more! Please Note: This is a companion guide based on the work Washington Black: A Novel by Esi Edugyan not affiliated to the original work or author in any way and does not contain any text of the original work. Please purchase or read the original work first.
As a scholar of terrorism, John Maszka has examined how politics, the media, and the War on Terror play off one another. His most startling claim is that the War on Terror is a war for natural resources—and that terrorism has little to do with it. Once the military became mechanized, oil quickly became the most sought-after commodity on the planet, and the race for energy was eventually framed as a matter of national security. Ironically, Maszka argues, the true threats to national security are the massive oil conglomerates themselves. Maszka delves into the repercussions of a government that capitalizes on an us versus them mentality, such as the demonizing of an entire religion, sensationalizing “radical” violent attacks, and loosely applying the word “terrorism.” Because the United States’ current approach to terrorism has led to the politicization and abuse of the term, Maszka suggests a need for a standardized definition of terrorism. Currently, too many acts of violence can be labeled terrorism, resulting in state and nonstate actors labeling their enemies as “terrorists,” yet claiming their own acts of violence as legitimate and retributive. Maszka argues that much of the violence labeled as terrorism today is not terrorism at all. In an ambitious attempt to connect seemingly unrelated events in politics and the media, Maszka offers an unflinching portrayal of the hypocrisy underlying our foreign policy.
Despite the hopes of the civil rights movement, researchers have found that the election of African Americans to office has not greatly improved the well-being of the black community. By shifting the focus to the white community, this book shows that black representation can have a profound impact. Utilizing national public opinion surveys, data on voting patterns in large American cities, and in-depth studies of Los Angeles and Chicago, Zoltan Hajnal demonstrates that under most black mayors there is real, positive change in the white vote and in the racial attitudes of white residents. This change occurs because black incumbency provides concrete information that disproves the fears and expectations of many white residents. These findings not only highlight the importance of black representation; they also demonstrate the critical role that information can play in racial politics to the point where black representation can profoundly alter white views and white votes.
Excerpt from Washington's Black Chargers, or the Boys Who Fought for Liberty Naturally the two youths had known each other all their lives, and the two sisters also. But the rich Bowles were not intimate with the poor Rives. Of the two girls, Martha Rives was the prettier. But both were buxom, romping maidens, and had many admirers. Myrtle Bowles, being three years older than Martha, was called Miss Bowles, while Martha, but fifteen years old, was simply Martha Rives. One day Tom Rives was at work in the barn when Black Ben, a sturdy young negro belonging to the Bowles, came run ning in, calling out. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.